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cores in my MBA 2013, 13 inch?

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AceNeerav Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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Feb 6, 2014 2:52 AM

I'm a bit confused. System pal app store app indicates my system has 2 cores. wikipedia says i5s with haswell processors have 4 cores. how may cores does my computer have?

 

is there a way to find this out on any mac from the system profiler?

 

Neerav

MacBook Air, OS X Mavericks (10.9), 13 inch, i5, 256 GB SSD, 2013
  • Strawb268 Level 4 Level 4 (1,440 points)
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    Feb 6, 2014 6:33 AM (in response to AceNeerav)

    Apple's own website states the following about the current (2013) MBA 13" in i5 configuration:

     

    1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache

     

    So the i5 is dual core (indeed, on the current MBA, even the i7 processor option is dual core, not quad core)

     

    If you want to check your machine:

     

    About this Mac > More Info > System report.  6th line down states the Total number of Cores

     

    I think the Wikipaedia article is talking about the i5 iMac which is Quad core.

    MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)
  • Strawb268 Level 4 Level 4 (1,440 points)
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    Feb 7, 2014 3:56 AM (in response to AceNeerav)

    I'm no expert on CPU's but this webpage gives comparison:

     

    http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core2-Duo-P8600-vs-Intel-Core-i5-4250U

     

    Add to this the fact that the Haswell processor in your MBA is much lower power consumption, so you get much better battery life.

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